Four Dead in Hit and Run Crash, Names of Victims Released


New information Monday morning, we now know the names of the Girl Scout troop members and a mother killed in a hit-and-run crash in Lake Hallie Saturday.

The Lake Hallie Police Department says the four people killed are 9-year-old Jayna Kelley of Lake Hallie, 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, also of Lake Hallie, and 10-year-old Halee Hickle and her mother Sara Jo Schneider of Lafayette. One additional 10-year-old is still in the hospital, but they say she is reported to be in stable condition.

According to police, the driver was huffing when the crash happened; it’s when someone intentionally inhales chemical vapors. Colten Treu of Chippewa Falls was arrested for the crash. He faces four counts of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle and is expected in court Monday morning.

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos spoke during Sunday’s news conference.

She said two of the girls killed Saturday attended Halmstad Elementary. One of the girls attended Southview. The woman who died is the mom of the girl who attended Southview.

Eliopoulos confirmed another girl is in critical condition.

Eliopoulos says approximately 15 people were there at the time of the incident.

She expressed gratitude to local first responders.

More support and services for students and staff will be available at the elementary schools Monday.
She said the names of the victims are expected to be released Monday by the Village of Lake Hallie Police Department.

The Lake Hallie Police Department says three young girls and one woman are dead after a fatal hit-and-run.

The three girls killed are Girl Scouts.

One young girl remains in critical condition at this time.

A Girl Scout troop was picking up trash on CTH P near STH 29 when a black Ford F150 left the roadway and struck multiple people in the ditch.

The driver fled the area, but later turned himself in.

He is identified as 21-year-old Colton Treu of Chippewa Falls.

The Lake Hallie Police Department extends it’s deepest sympathies to the families involved.
This is an ongoing investigation.


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